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Fuzz: The Sound That Revolutionized the World (2007)

Billy Gibbons , J. Mascis , Clif Taylor  |  NR |  DVD
3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (51 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Billy Gibbons, J. Mascis, Peter Frampton, John Markovich, Justin Meldal-Johnsen
  • Directors: Clif Taylor
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Color, Dolby, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Brink
  • DVD Release Date: November 20, 2007
  • Run Time: 91 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (51 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000VUFJ14
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #281,734 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Fuzz... the sound that changed the world. The fuzz box: that tiny little box between the electric guitar and the amp...what on earth does it do? Clif Taylor explores this insane industry of noise making, from the geeky backyard 'boutique' engineers buil

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars GAS inducing movie February 7, 2009
Format:DVD
This is a fun and entertaining movie about guitar effects pedals though mostly FUZZ boxes. While I do really like the movie and have watched it several time it suffers greatly from poor editing and planning. It would have been better to have interviews of the participants followed by demonstrations of his products. It really would have been nice if there was a bonus clip where they showed all the pedal demos one after another.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars FUZZ: The Sound That Changed the World January 15, 2008
Format:DVD
This film is worth seeing if only for Bjorn Juhl and David Main's apprearances. Actually the whole cast of characters are extremely interesting, I enjoyed it. I thought it would be the history of the fuzz pedal and chronicle it's existance from the 1st Gibson fuzztone through the tonebenders, fuzzfaces, big muff's ETC, but what really takes place is a seemingly random sequence of interviews with pedalmakers and players. I'm glad someone made this film and that I bought it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Video October 13, 2008
Format:DVD
This a very well-constructed video that is mostly interviews with pedal builders/designers but also provides demonstrations of most of the pedals discussed. There are also several interviews with musicians who use the different products. The DVD is very entertaining and I highly recommend the video to any guitar effects pedal nerd.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Format:DVD
This is an incoherent and unfocused documentary on guitar pedals. There are a lot of 'kinda sorta' related interviews patched together with abrupt and frequent topic changes. Lots of interesting people do make an appearance (a little bit of Billy Gibbons WHO CURIOUSLY DOES NOT PLAY ANY GUITAR ON THE VIDEO, Electro Harmonix, Analogman, etc.). There isn't much demo'ing of the pedals, its mainly snippets of disjointed conversations among pedal makers and random musicians. It doesn't focus on any one topic (history, technology, evoloution of fuzz pedals), it is literally random interviews patched together. This was interesting for me ONLY because I am so hardcore about guitar pedals, but this movie could have been made SO much better. I would have loved to have had an explanation of the circuit, the story of the evolution of the fuzz/overdrive sound (with old clips of ppl like Hendrix or Clapton playing them), and more extensive demo'ing of pedals. Instead, there are a lot of quirky & useless conversations (like Mike Matthews introducing all the foreign women who assemble his Electro Harmonix stuff). I wouldnt advise putting forth a lot of time, effort or money to get a copy of this.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars More Like "Fuzz: Inside Boutique Pedal-maker Culture" December 26, 2013
Format:Amazon Instant Video
Based on the titles and celebrity musicians listed in the blurb I was expecting something more like the documentary Cry Baby: The Pedal That Rocks The World, where the history of the use of the pedal in popular music is discussed thru interviews with working musicians.

In this documentary details about how fuzz boxes are made and what famous musicians use them are throw-away. It's really more on expose of the boutique pedal world, showing all the crazy characters that make pedals, talking about what goes on in their heads and what they deal with.

Interesting in its own way. But not what I expected.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun and Disturbing Sounds November 7, 2008
By Bob C.
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
I can attest to how these small (usually) boxes that make strange sounds can be very alluring and almost addicting. So it's no surprise that someone decided to make a DVD of these otherworldly devices.

This DVD is not a chronological history of fuzz tones. Instead it is a string of interviews with musicians, fuzz designers and other denizens of the music business. The director demonstrates some of the pedals, sometimes in an odd outfit of shorts and dress shoes, though the clips do not always correspond to the pedals being discussed.

But don't let any of that deter you from checking this thing out. The only thing more fun than this DVD is plugging in and playing one of these things. THe Fuzz tone sound is one of the first and most fun of the effects pedals. Garage bands in the 60's wore out thousands of Gibson Maestro, Univox and Mosrite fuzzes. And, Hendrix forever popularized the Fuzz Face. Many of the current fuzzes are variations of these originals, though some attempt to go way beyond these classic sounds.

One of the interviewees, Jack Waterson, owner of Future Music, L.A., puts in all into perspective when he says that the design of these boxes is not high end engineering but alchemy and that musicians should rely on practice and discipline to achieve their unique sound. But, there is no denying that the disturbing sound of fuzz tones are crazy fun and have been undermining the sound of popular music for the past 40 plus years.
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Think the technical aspects of the signal and what fuzz is could,ve been explained a little more but a really interesting piece nonetheless.
Fuzz is fuzz...
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3.0 out of 5 stars Good info, very detailed July 1, 2014
Format:Amazon Instant Video
Good info, very detailed, mostly for the guitar equipment / history junkie. Even though I am not one of those, I enjoyed the part that I watched.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Guitar players and pedal hoarders kind of movie. I will watch it again.
Published 1 day ago by W. M. Campbell
4.0 out of 5 stars Great video
Great video, a learning experience about the stomp box world.
Published 4 days ago by tanman
5.0 out of 5 stars A must see for any musician!
If you're a guitarist, the insights to your favorite pedal is invaluable... design, rationale, and sounds that shape our music are explained in-depth. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Norman Pussehl
4.0 out of 5 stars Great subject for a documentary!
I dig obscure documentaries, and I play guitar, so finding this while scrolling through the movies was great. Some real characters out there coming up with some cool tones.
Published 1 month ago by BillyOC
3.0 out of 5 stars Good video for guitar freaks
This is a good video, but be aware that it is just a compilation of interviews taken at a NAMM show with pedal designers/builders.
Published 1 month ago by Bushido
3.0 out of 5 stars For guitar nuts
A cool documentary for people like me who are in love with fuzzed out guitars. If not, then its content may be lost on you.
Published 1 month ago by Brian H.
5.0 out of 5 stars Easy choice
If you are reading this and considering watching a 90 minute documentary about guitar pedals and the nerdy pedal culture, you will love the movie. Read more
Published 3 months ago by NOLAripsaw
4.0 out of 5 stars Good for a gear nerd.
It was a lot of fun and entertaining. Highly recommend if you are a gear addict and love guitar stuff.
Published 3 months ago by Michael Young
1.0 out of 5 stars I never knew fuzz was so boring
Guitar geeks are just not that compelling, I'm afraid. A bunch of terribly uninteresting people not saying much of anything about the mighty Fuzz other than broad generalities. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Reid H. Geisenhof
2.0 out of 5 stars Mildly entertaining
It was interesting to see all the people who fool with making the effects. Very little demo provided, and little entertainment value.
Published 3 months ago by Gary Faulkner
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